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Staff Profiles

Jon Carnegie

D.Ed, B.Ed. Psych Dip Youth Work, D.A&T MACE:


Dr. Jon
Carnegie spent the late 80's and ealy 90's working as a third world journalist
in a diverse range of countries including Vietnam, Cambodia, El Salvador,
Nicaragua and Sudan. It was while in post Pol Pot Cambodia that he developed
the idea of starting his own school and 15 years later it became a reality.

As an
educator, Jon has had a wide and varied career. While working for 17 years at
Trinity Grammar School, he was also responsible for Nelson Mandela's visit to
Australia in 2000, and as a result, he was awarded a number of education prizes
including The John O. Miller Award for Excellence in Education in 2000, the
Commonwealth Australian Teachers Prize for Excellence and the National
Excellence Award for Secondary Teaching in 2001.

In recent years, Jon has spoken nationally and internationally with the likes
of Nelson Mandela, The Dalai Lama and Madeleine Albright at a range of
educational conferences about the philosophies of his doctoral study on the
process of middle school education.


Kate Bevan

B.Arts, Dip Ed

Head of School

Kate Bevan

Kate Bevan is head of School and founder of the Otway Retreat which operate as real life learning experiences for The Jon
Carnegie School.

Kate is a passionate cook and gardener and has worked
nationally and internationally on organic farms and in café’s to develop and
broaden her experience in sustainable and healthy eating.

It was during her travels in France and Nepal that Kate
discovered her passion was not only for cooking and providing healthy food, but
for teaching and communicating those ideas.

Kate has been working with JCS for since 2010  to develop
not only a sound curriculum and educational model that engages students but to
develop and implement real life learning experiences that enable students and
the wider community to lead healthy and sustainable lifestyles.

Kate believes in a broad education that involves travel,
community awareness, personal and social development. She believes school
should teach students not what to think, but how to think so they are
encouraged to become informed and motivated members of our community who are
able to tackle the many challenges life inevitably throws at them with
positivity and resilience.